When you or a loved one receives a diagnosis of cancer, it is important to find an expert right away who will help assess the situation and develop the best treatment plan possible for the patient. Understanding hepatobiliary malignancies and what they are will allow you to get the information you need to begin the treatment process and get on the road to recovery.

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What Are Hepatobiliary Malignancies?

Hepatobiliary malignancies are cancers that originate in the bile ducts, gallbladder, and liver cells. Cancers in these organs and areas pose substantial threats to health, as the hepatobiliary system is responsible for food digestion, including the processing of food, medicine, vitamins, and minerals for your body. As you know, the liver is the essential organ in the system. It converts food into the carbs and proteins that we need for energy. In addition, the liver plays a vital role in absorbing minerals and vitamins, while also breaking down toxins.

When a hepatobiliary malignancy develops, the normal operation of the system is threatened. This can put a stop to our body being able to properly absorb nutrients and process both toxins and waste. Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the most common cancer to develop in this body system, and it starts in liver cells. It is the fifth most common type of cancer, and the third-leading cause of cancer-related deaths.

Having an expert on your side is essential in your fight against hepatobiliary malignancies. Dr. Anton Bilchik, Professor of Surgery and Chief of Medicine at the John Wayne Cancer Institute in California, specializes in the treatment of these types of cancers. This includes minimally invasive surgical techniques, as well as pre-surgical and post-surgical therapies, such as radiation, designed to inhibit the growth and development of the cancer, while promoting a patient’s health and recovery.